Miniaturized Underwater Gliders as Payload Transfer Units

Tobias Rossol, Marc Hildebrandt, Marius Wirtz

In: Proceedings of the AUV 2018 MTS/OES Porto. IEEE/OES Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUV-2018) November 6-9 Porto Portugal IEEE 11/2018.


Due to their high energetic efficiency and therefore ability to cover long distances, underwater gliders have become a common tool for ocean sampling missions. In this work, the application scenario involves multiple underwater gliders which function as payload transfer units to build up an underwater navigation system. Since the gliders are intended to be transported inside of a tubular shuttle system, extensive miniaturization of the vehicles is necessary. Furthermore a low cost design is preferred for inexpensive reproduction. To meet these particular requirements the Micro Glider V2 was developed as a prototype.


German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence
Deutsches Forschungszentrum für Künstliche Intelligenz